Tag Archives: women’s organizations

Trimming the Tree, 1950

This tree, put up by the Soroptimist club, might have been the biggest one in Banning California in 1950. The organization, new to me, was founded in the 1920s and still exists today.  It caters to business and professional women … Continue reading

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Jane Addams of Hull House

I’m in Chicago visiting my daughter, so I thought I would reflect once again on the wonders of this city. In interest of full disclosure, I should probably admit that I was born here and lived in the suburbs for … Continue reading

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Pant Suits and the Older Woman, 1983

It is often said that older women are more conservative dressers than their younger counterparts.  Many don’t feel the pressure to stay up on trends, and some simply might not have the money to do so.  However, once we find … Continue reading

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Bipartisan Fashion, 1977

In honor of Women’s History Month, I thought it would do us all good to remember a moment in American history when it wasn’t quite so controversial to discuss women’s rights.  In 1977, the federal government sponsored a National Women’s … Continue reading

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Happy International Women’s Day!

March 8, International Women’s Day, is celebrated all around the world.  Many people don’t know that its origins are in the United States—and it is linked to sewing.  Socialist women declared a National Women’s Day to commemorate the New York … Continue reading

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Queen Esther Chapter No. 4, Berkeley 1967

Black History month has inspired a number of the photo collections I follow to highlight pictures of African Americans in their collections. I love group photos because they give us insight into the range of clothing people wore at a … Continue reading

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The Rebekah Society, ca. 1900

The things you can learn from old photos!  I did not know about the Rebekah Society, the female offshoot of the Society of Odd Fellows, until I began this research project.  The women were dedicated to good works, especially service … Continue reading

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African American Women’s Club, 1952

What a wealth of different clothing styles in this photograph of a mothers’ support group for the African American sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha. The woman standing on the far left in the front row looks as if she had no … Continue reading

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Chinese Women’s Club, 1951

This Los Angeles Times photo from Calisphere shows three Chinese-American women preparing for the Dragon Boat Festival.  All of them wear elegant qipao, or cheongsam, dresses with contrasting piping, elaborate frog closures, and mandarin collars.    My favorite is the long … Continue reading

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